We left wonderful London yesterday—a city that’s quickly become one of my favorites in the entire world, second only to NYC. While we were there, we had an amazing time full of shopping, drinking, horse racing (or watching the horse races, at least) and, of course, eating. And even though I somehow didn’t manage to eat one while I was actually in London, I did have a chance to make a traditional English treat a few weeks ago before heading on this trip: scones.
Not that chocolate chip scones are the most quintessential British dish you could ever think of, but scones in general are pretty popular throughout the country. The scones I whipped up are a little cakier than traditional scones tend to be, but they’re so delicious—with just a slight hint of orange—that it doesn’t even bother me.
They’re the perfect breakfast pastry to pair with a hot latte or cup of English Breakfast tea, but they’re also so sweet and tasty that they’re great to serve as dessert for a brunch or daytime party. Check out the recipe below, then tell me: What’s your favorite English dish?
Chocolate Chip Scones
Yield: 12 scones (adapted from Allrecipes.com)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
8 tablespoons orange juice
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With pastry blender or large fork, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in chocolate chips, then mix in orange juice to form dough.
3. On floured surface, pat or roll dough into a 9-inch circle about 1/2-inch thick. Cut circle into 12 triangles, then transfer scones to baking sheet.
4. Bake until golden brown, between 10 and 12 minutes. Move to wire racks to cool.